HTC Windows Phone 8S £159.95 Sim Free! or £149.95 + £10 Top-up Phones 4U
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HTC Windows Phone 8S £159.95 Sim Free! or £149.95 + £10 Top-up Phones 4U

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LocalFound 9th Feb 2013
Went into local Phones4u store today and they are now doing the 8S for £159.95 Sim Free!

Good deal

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Some of the specs (taken from GSM Arena):

- Dual-core 1GHz
- Dimensions: 120.5 x 63 x 10.3 mm
- Weight: 113g
- Bluetooth v3.1
- Display: S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Memory: 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
- Card slot: microSD, up-to 32 GB
- Camera5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- 1700 mAh battery (non-removable)
- 4 inch screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- shuwaz

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Some of the specs (taken from GSM Arena):

- Dual-core 1GHz
- Dimensions: 120.5 x 63 x 10.3 mm
- Weight: 113g
- Bluetooth v3.1
- Display: S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Memory: 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
- Card slot: microSD, up-to 32 GB
- Camera5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- 1700 mAh battery (non-removable)
- 4 inch screen
- Corning Gorilla Glass


- shuwaz
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extremely hot deal
Is it in store only can't see on it website?
Yes, instore. See this shelf price tag...
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doobreedob

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Great deal
1ghz dual core = crap
Nokia lumia 620 is much better
This or Nokia 620 Lumia

Edited by: "aramaj36" 9th Feb 2013
aramaj36

This or Nokia 620 Lumia



comparision here
gsmarena.com/com…147

HTC is lighter, has bigger screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Nokia has front camera, more internal memory

Edited by: "raj75" 9th Feb 2013
aramaj36

This or Nokia 620 Lumia pls ppl honest advice



the 620 because of the extra Nokia software for starters
Is it just the blue 8s? or any colour?
The low level of internal memory of this phone (**message to HTC - "Why????"**) causes consternation for some, though a lot of stuff (pics/movies/music) can be stored on microSD. It doesn't have the exclusive apps that the Nokia phone has, although Nokia Drive is now available for free for all Windows Phone 8 handsets.

I suppose it boils down to style really - some will prefer this, some will prefer the Nokia 620.

All in all, I'm just pleased that the prices of WP8 devices are coming down to more realistic levels.

Heat added.
TidyWorks

Is it just the blue 8s? or any colour?



The deal was for any colour. The staff member showed me a different colour to demo it
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap



dumbo.
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap


THIS IS NOT ANDROID
you dont need Octacore to run smoothly
Good deal but the Nokia software on the 620 does make that the better option for those on O2 (same price as this).

+Heat.
Thanks for posting OP. Do you know if this definetely is a nationwide deal? I'm looking for a cheap but decent spec windows phone and this actually fits the bill.
Had initially considered it, but not sure it has enough RAM. Now just waiting for the 820 to come down to a sensible price.
It only has 4gb of internal memory.

With WP8 you can only install apps to internal memory. Once you've taken the os and some strange category called 'other' you're only left with a few hundred mb for apps.

Unless Microsoft change it so that you can install apps to microSD, this phone is really rubbish.

Hot because it's a great price but the phone is crippled by the internal memory.
Edited by: "tappy" 9th Feb 2013
jazzyb88

Had initially considered it, but not sure it has enough RAM. Now just … Had initially considered it, but not sure it has enough RAM. Now just waiting for the 820 to come down to a sensible price.



It has enough, never had a slow down and I've been using one for 2 months.
BM12

Thanks for posting OP. Do you know if this definitely is a nationwide … Thanks for posting OP. Do you know if this definitely is a nationwide deal? I'm looking for a cheap but decent spec windows phone and this actually fits the bill.



I'm pretty sure they said it was available in all stores, but I guess you'll only find out if your local one has it by popping in.
The staff said it was a new price from today.
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap



fine for windows phone .. bloaty iphone and android o/s need far faster cpu's
I'm writing this from this phone.

1ghz memory on windows phone is insane - because windows phone uses it much better than android.

Memory is an issue if you care a lot about apps... But if like me you don't (and let's face it if you did you'd buy an android or ios) then this is brilliant.

My summary: This phone is brilliant if you just want to make calls, text, tweet, Facebook and internet. It has office as well
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap



Hardly crap,

A) This is Windows Phone, so much better optimized than Android.

B) My Xperia P is 1Ghz dual core and is more than fast enough and capable of running anything on the market.
hyenadog

fine for windows phone .. bloaty iphone and android o/s need far faster … fine for windows phone .. bloaty iphone and android o/s need far faster cpu's



Its only fine as windows phone has rubbish games that are years behind ios/android.
how's the battery life compared to the Lumia 620?
another comparison of lumia 620 and htc windows 8s
versusio.com/en/…-8s

lumia has removal battery, branded lens, nfc
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The Nokia 620 is vastly better than this phone.
Simple scenario -- you go to Europe, and decide to download some offline maps. You also decide to add a few offline Spotify playlists. You will not be able to do that on this HTC phone. 4GB of storage equates to less than 1GB of space for apps, map downloads & offline music caching etc. The UK maps for Nokia Drive are almost 300mb....
Sorry, but for that reason alone, the Nokia 620 is superior.
The Nokia also has a front facing camera for Skype, Nokia Music & a whole raft of other Nokia exclusive apps....the battery is removable, and it also has NFC for transferring pictures and contacts.
Do HTC give you a 2 year warranty? If they don't, then there is another benefit of buying Nokia.
losdamianos

THIS IS NOT ANDROIDyou dont need Octacore to run smoothly


In fact android doesn't work much better with more cores. The Sony xperia t with a dual core spanks the Samsung S3 with a quad core on benchmarks.
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap

anewman

In fact android doesn't work much better with more cores. The Sony xperia … In fact android doesn't work much better with more cores. The Sony xperia t with a dual core spanks the Samsung S3 with a quad core on benchmarks.



Correct, it's windows, so you need 16 cores, and 128gb of ram




Just a shame Sony phones suck
Edited by: "Jace_Phoenix" 10th Feb 2013
Looks like a good price for a great handset, cheers OP
anewman

In fact android doesn't work much better with more cores. The Sony xperia … In fact android doesn't work much better with more cores. The Sony xperia t with a dual core spanks the Samsung S3 with a quad core on benchmarks.



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"spanks"? I doubt it.
The fact that the processor in the Xperia T can keep up with a Quad from Samsung is just a testament to Qualcomm's expertise on making fantastic SoC.

Plus when it does outperform it, it's by a very small margin. Samsung really bloat the phone with Touchwiz where Sony's UI quite a light weight affair.
After spending the past couple of days looking at the Nokia Lumia 620 (for my Dad), I'm inclined to think that it the better phone.
The 3 main reasons being, 1 Removable battery, 2 NFC and 3 the value added by Nokia apps like Drive and Music.
Every time i go on a phone deal, I go to the comments in the hope that I'll get some views about the phone but its always the same opinionated fanboys who can't seem to understand choice of phones are about personal preference.
I have an 8S (for development). But given the choice I'd go for the 620 for the similar price. Although the 8S has 4gb storage memory, over half of that is taken up out the box, and you only really have roughly 1.5gb for apps. Like I say, I am only really doing development on mine and I am already down to about 300mb free. It soon fills up.
david1274

how's the battery life compared to the Lumia 620?



The HTC 8S has a 30% larger capacity battery than the Lumia 620, and the 8S just manages to last a day.
Has anyone confirmed this is nationwide?
raj75

another comparison of lumia 620 and htc windows … another comparison of lumia 620 and htc windows 8shttp://versusio.com/en/nokia-lumia-620-vs-htc-windows-phone-8slumia has removal battery, branded lens, nfc



Thanks for that raj75 - I think it gives the simplest answer to which is the better phone.

So what the Nokia has (and the HTC doesn't) is:

- WIFI h/spot
- Compass
- NFC
- 8GB storage (HTC has 4GB)
- Stereo speakers
- Free satnav
- Free OS updates for MS
- Higher quality display (although only marginally at 246 vs the HTC's 233)
- Front camera
- Dedicated camera button
- Removable battery


And what the HTC has (and the Nokia doesn't) is:

- Newer version of Bluetooth (v3.1 vs Nokia's v3)
- Lighter and thinner
- Bigger battery (1700 mAh vs Nokia's 1300 mAh)
- Bigger screen (4" vs Nokia 3.8")
- Corning Gorilla Glass

I think the HTC looks better and the bigger display does make the difference when typing.
Its a real tough choice but I would probably go for the Nokia if it was a longterm phone and the HTC if it was a shortterm phone (i.e. as a chance to test Windows 8 on a cheap enough phone that you can get good resale value out of in time for more of the newer quad core/4G phones coming our way).
shuwaz

Thanks for that raj75 - I think it gives the simplest answer to which is … Thanks for that raj75 - I think it gives the simplest answer to which is the better phone.So what the Nokia has (and the HTC doesn't) is:- WIFI h/spot- Compass- NFC- 8GB storage (HTC has 4GB)- Stereo speakers- Free satnav- Free OS updates for MS- Higher quality display (although only marginally at 246 vs the HTC's 233)- Front camera- Dedicated camera button- Removable batteryAnd what the HTC has (and the Nokia doesn't) is:- Newer version of Bluetooth (v3.1 vs Nokia's v3)- Lighter and thinner- Bigger battery (1700 mAh vs Nokia's 1300 mAh)- Bigger screen (4" vs Nokia 3.8")- Corning Gorilla GlassI think the HTC looks better and the bigger display does make the difference when typing.Its a real tough choice but I would probably go for the Nokia if it was a longterm phone and the HTC if it was a shortterm phone (i.e. as a chance to test Windows 8 on a cheap enough phone that you can get good resale value out of in time for more of the newer quad core/4G phones coming our way).



Never go by those comparisons, just incase anyone is wondering I checked & the HTC 8s does have wifi hotspot (seemed strange it wouldn't have)

htc.com/uk/…htc
if its showing the price in one store it will be nation wide
Orcinus_orca

1ghz dual core = crap

Wasn't impressed with that myself, however - Windows phones DO make better use than Android. The Lumia 800 proves that. The feeble 5mp camera is a big disappointment though
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